Are you looking for a more sustainable (and better tasting!) alternative to K-Cups? In just one year, the plastic cups created enough waste to circle the world 11 times. Thankfully, the trend is changing, and you can help too.
Here are a few of the recent articles highlighting the sustainability issues noted:
About 27 percent of households now own a single-cup brewer, with the pod systems being even more popular in Western Europe. This year, in Hamburg, Germany, they actually banned them in all government buildings. Could the the United States be the next place to ban K-Cups?
As the report says, ‘These portion packs cause unnecessary resource consumption and waste generation, and often contain polluting aluminum.’ Hamburg’s senator for the environment explained to the BBC that because the city has a budget of hundreds of millions of euros every year, this crackdown ‘can help ensure that environmentally harmful products are purchased less frequently.’
Machines weren’t the only thing hurting Keurig’s bottom line, though: Its K-cup coffee pods aren’t selling like they used to, either. The company said unit sales of its pods fell for a second straight quarter, an ominous sign considering the little guys are responsible for roughly 80 percent of Keurig’s sales.
Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which sells single cup makers and the K-Cups to go with them, reported disastrously bad results on Wednesday.Sales of both the brewers and pods fell in the second quarter. The company is laying off 5% of its employees. The stock plunged nearly 30% on the news. It’s now down 60% this year. It’s worth asking if making one cup at a time instead of a full pot is a fad that’s close to peaking.”
Learn more about Cameron’s Filtered Single Serves, that use a coffee filter instead of a plastic cup, for better taste and less waste.